Common Questions

How can I dispute a traffic ticket?

It is important to figure out what type of ticket you have been given because the dispute process (the way you challenge the ticket) depends on the type. For minor (less serious) traffic violations there are two types of traffic tickets or charges. Violation tickets are given for offences under provincial laws, and offence notices are given by a municipality (city).

For more serious traffic offences, such as careless driving or hit and run, you will get a written notice of the offence in the form of a summons or an appearance notice that tells you when you have to appear in court. You may want to seek advice from a lawyer for this matter.

Good starting points include:

  • Traffic Tickets, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, provides an overview of violation tickets and how to deal with them.
  • Defending Traffic Tickets, from the Victoria Law Centre, explains the differences between a violation ticket and an offence notice. In each case it describes how to dispute the ticket, how to prepare for your hearing, and how to conduct the hearing.
  • How to Dispute a Provincial Violation Ticket, from the provincial government, explains how to dispute a provincial violation ticket. It provides access to the notice of dispute form in a PDF format that can be filled in and printed. Also see the provincial court's Traffic Court Guide: Guide to Disputing a Ticket.

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Last reviewed August 2018

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traffic ticket, disputing a ticket, violation ticket, offence notice, speeding ticket